Public Comments Sought for University Police Assessment

Posted: September 8, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

The University Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) as part of a program to achieve accreditation.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

A team of CALEA assessors will be on campus beginning Saturday, Sept. 10, University Police Chief Michael Lynch announced.

Verification by the team that the department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, which is “a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence,” Lynch says.

As part of the on-site assessment, university employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room B, on the Fairfax Campus.

Employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 703-993-5616 on Monday, Sept. 12, between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments and appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the University Police Department. Contact Lt. Kevin Barrett at 703-993-2814 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may post them online at or send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc.,13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA  20155.

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